2.1.13 Haiti Port of Petit Goave

Port Overview

Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com

The Port of Petit Goave is primarily a cabotage port, but customs service is available and some imports such as cement arrive in the port. Vessel calls are irregular. There is no port schedule. The port was extensively renovated in 2015 and facilities are in good condition. The port is reasonably protected inside the bay with protection from the prevailing Easterly winds. There are no navigational hazards on the port approach.

APN ports are free for use by humanitarian organisations carrying cargo that has customs exemption. There is no fee for use of the warehouse or parking at Petit Goave.

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Ouest Department

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Port-au-Prince (74 km)

Miragoane (24 km)

Port's Complete Name

Port of Petit Goave





Managing Company or Port Authority

Autorite Portuaire Nationale (APN)

Management Contact Person

Director - Mme Carole Exavier +509 4626 4074

Security - Legrand Abellar +509 3674 5499

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Toussaint Louverture

Port-au-Prince International Airport

Berthing Specifications

The pier is oriented to the NW at has a single T berth. The Ro-or berth is on the southern side of the pier as indicated above. Vessels approach the roro berth on an angle and make fast to the T berth and the derelict vessel (Maelys1). The pier is in good condition and there is a large hard cement hard stand for staging trucks. There are are adequate fenders and bollards.

The T berth pictured with a vessel alongside and the vessel behind at the roro berth. The crane on the dock belongs to a private entity, Khawley.

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Height of berth from sea level

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth


52 m

2.7 m

Reported to be 10 m

Good fenders and bollards in place

Roro Berth


20 m

1 m

Reported to be 10 m

Vessels approach on angle between T berth and derelict vessel

Container Berth



Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs



Water Barges



The roro berth with a vessel secured between the T berth and the derelict vessel.

Port Handling Equipment

There is no handling equipment and no official stevedoring company. The Port Director can organise stevedores if given a few days’ notice. 

Storage Facilities

There is a well-maintained warehouse facility. It is a substantial cement building with a tin roof. It has a smooth cement floor and good natural light and ventilation. Solid steel double sliding doors. Doors were locked. Dimensions 20 m x 25 m. The is a secure parking area adjacent to the hard stand. It is fully fenced and guarded.


The port has 27/7 security guards on duty. The uniformed guards were attentive both at the gate and inside the facility. The port is surrounded by a 2.5 m high wire fence topped with coiled barbed wire. There is one entrance though a sliding steel gate. There are solar powered lights throughout the port complex.

Port Access

There is good access to the port, although waiting trucks may cause some congestion outside the port. Trucks do not have to pass through the centre of town to access the port.

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